Category: Personal Sound Amplification

Personal Sound Amplification


FDA Issues Letter to “OTC Hearing Aid” Manufacturers

A letter by the FDA's William Maisel cautions that hearing devices cannot use “OTC hearing aids” in their marketing since the FDA definition of this hearing aid class—which would probably include severity of loss and other important safety, quality, and labeling requirements—has not yet been established.

Understanding Hearing Aid Rejection and Opportunities for OTC Using the COM-B Model

The COM-B model provides a framework for understanding factors that influence consumer behavior when purchasing hearing aids. While OTC hearing aids have been created to address affordability and accessibility, researchers Brent Edwards and Melanie Ferguson point out that the model clearly suggests consumers will continue to reject hearing aids until the other influencing factors are addressed.

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Meeting the Challenges of OTC: Who Are Self-fitting Hearing Aids Really For?

What personal and technological factors will influence consumers’ success with self-fitting OTC hearing devices? Researcher Elizabeth Convery, PhD, looks at recent studies suggesting that OTC manufacturers and providers must address a range of important personal and device factors before self-fitting can become a viable option for adults with hearing loss.

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Individualizing Hearing Healthcare: New Opportunities in OTC Hearing Aids

With the current and future changes in hearing healthcare, we have a newfound opportunity and increased flexibility for individualized care. Whether we are considering the level of service or the application of advanced hearing aid processing, one size does not fit all. Here is a brief summary of the research about how hearing care professionals can make meaningful differences in the individual care of consumers who are using amplification products—regardless of whether these are OTC or traditionally dispensed hearing devices.

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Earlens Contact Hearing Solution Introduced with Inductive Coupling vs Light-Driven Coupling

In January 2019, the FDA approved a new and improved inductive radio power system for the Earlens Contact Hearing Solution which replaced the previous light-driven system. This article details the advantages of this change, and provides study results on the benefits of the inductive coupling system and how it is equal to or surpasses the light-driven system in several parameters.

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